Listen – 4/29/18

The World As It Should Be Listen April 29, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana; First United Presbyterian, EP Text: Acts 8:26-40 An angel of the Lord said to Philip … and Philip listens. A few years ago a friend of mine, Jason Storbakken started a bible study

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Freedom – 04/22/18

The World As It Should Be Freedom April 22, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana; First United Presbyterian, EP Text: Ephesians 2:1-10 So last week I shared with you a story – from the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio – about a boy named Auggie and his friend

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Violation – 05/15/18

World as It Should Be Violation April 15, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana; First United Presbyterian, EP Text: Acts 3:12-23; Romans 8:15-20; Genesis 3:1-19 Two Jewish men, Peter and John, followers of a Jewish rabbi named Jesus, walk into the Jewish temple for daily Jewish prayers.  At

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Belonging – 04/08/18

The World As It Should Be Belonging April 8, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana & First United Presbyterian, EP Text: John 20:19-29 The first time Jesus appears to his disciples Thomas isn’t there.  He’s gone out.  Perhaps he was in charge of picking up dinner.  Perhaps they

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Easter 2018 – 04/01/18

Easter 2018 April 1, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana & First United Presbyterian, EP Text: Psalm 22 The Marys walk to the tomb in darkness.  Physical darkness, as the shadows were still deep; spiritual darkness as their hearts remain heavy, lost, alone – still reeling from a

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Jesus and Barabbas

The Exchange – 3/18/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week The Exchange March 18, 2018 (Lent 5) Text: Matthew 27:15-23 Every Holy Week the ritual plays out in congregations around the world. A leader plays the role of Pilate. The congregation plays the crowd. Leader: Whom do you want me to release for you, Barabbas

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Christ in Gethsemane by Jesus MAFA

Pouring it all Out – 3/11/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week Pouring it All Out March 11, 2018 (Lent 4) Text: Matthew 26:36-47 On Thursday night, in the garden, on the Mount of Olives, Jesus breaks. Across two millennia of telling the Easter Story we’ve conditioned ourselves to rush pass the garden to the open tomb,

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Judas - Detail of The Last Supper by Raffaeli

Judas at the Table – 3/4/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week Judas at the Table March 4, 2018 (Lent 4) Text: Matthew 26:14-21 Judas was at the last supper – and Jesus already knew Judas had betrayed him. Let that sink in for a moment. If you knew one of your close friends had already betrayed

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Christ Teaching in the Temple by Phillip Schwartz

The Great Sermon – 2/25/18

Lent 2018: Jesus’ Last Week The Great Sermon February 15, 2018 (Lent 2) Text: Matthew 21:23 – 25:46 The day after Jesus and his followers had seized the temple; the day after Jesus had welcomed the blind, the lame, the children within the temple’s holy walls, the day after those

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